As the name of the technique suggests, Diversified technique can be used to treat a range of different joints in the spinal column. Diversified is a technique that is very common amongst manual chiropractors worldwide, thus the majority of chiropractic patients are familiar with this technique. The diversified adjustment is described as a high velocity, low amplitude thrust delivered by hand in order to correct the spinal misalignment of the patient. Upon delivery of the adjustment a cavitation is usually heard as the joint moves back to its natural position, in turn allowing the surrounding structures to relax.
Activator technique is one of the most widely researched chiropractic techniques and has many clinical trials to support its efficacy. The Activator technique uses a small hand held instrument which delivers a gentle impulse force to the spine to regain normal spinal position and restoring motion to the targeted vertebra or joint. The speed generated by the Activator is extremely quick, this benefits the body as the muscles are less likely to tense in response and it is extremely gentle. Activator is mainly used as a selective method for patients who do not desire manual adjustments, for young children and elderly patients or in the case where manual adjustments cannot be performed due to health contraindications.
Thompson Technique/Drop assist
The Thompson technique/Drop assist utilises a segmental drop table to enhance the motion and speed towards the specific segment being adjusted. The table is broken into separate parts to accommodate for each part of the spine. There is a cervical, thoracic, lumbar and pelvic piece which all have individual functions in order to increase the ability for tailored adjustments. The drop system takes advantage of the spine’s inherent design of the joints, to allow the vertebra to move in the direction that improves the motion of the adjusted segment in relation to the joint above and below. Each of the adjustments are done with the patient lying face down, this can sometimes aid in patient comfort.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.
Extremity / Peripheral joint Adjusting
The human body functions in a synchronised system. The body needs to be in harmony to work at an optimal level, this includes mechanical control of the kinetic chain and the coordinated function of the nervous system. The extremities (arms and legs) and peripheral joints include the jaw, shoulder, collar bone, ribs, elbow, wrist, fingers, hip, knee, ankle and feet. These joints may need to be addressed if they are fixated or out of alignment as they can produce mechanical or neurological dysfunction further up or down the chain of movement. We pay attention to these areas when indicated and adjust them accordingly. Extremity adjusting can relieve pain and may enhance the function of other biomechanical parts of the body. Extremity adjusting is also common in athletes, partially because they push their bodies to the limit their joints can become susceptible to injury. Correcting dysfunctional joints may assist an athletes capability, thus performance as their long kinetic chains and movement patterns are more efficient.
Kinesio/Rock Taping has a parallel principle to that of chiropractic in that the body has the built in mechanism to heal. When the tape is applied in the correct manner, it can result in increased fluid flow through an injured site, additionally it provides better control over muscle contraction, reduces pain which all lead to the body being able to heal faster. Kinesiology taping may be applied as part of the chiropractic treatment.
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is where we use solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling may be used as part of your chiropractic treatment.